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Waste Prevention Grant Opportunities

A StopWaste grant recipient created a pilot program providing reusable to-go cup service for cafes and their customers.

The grants application process is now closed. Next round opens in January 2022. Check back then for updates. 

StopWaste accepts applications annually for a range of grant opportunities to both nonprofits and businesses, aimed at increasing individual, business, and community involvement in the prevention of waste in Alameda County. Areas of focus can be on waste prevention, reuse, and recovery of goods and materials, as well as development, marketing, and use of recovered products.

Proposed projects must be located in and/or serve the residents and/or businesses of Alameda County. Applicants with open StopWaste grants must check with their grant managers to assess eligibility to apply for additional grant funding.

For questions or to sign up to be notified of future grant opportunities, please contact Meri Soll at or 510-891-6522.

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Grant Types 

Fixit Clinic

Reuse and Repair Grants 

Available to nonprofits and businesses, these grants fund innovative projects that prevent waste through reuse, repair, deconstruction, redistribution, product or process redesign, recovery, and other ways that keep goods and other materials out of disposal or recycling. The goal is to conserve natural resources and stimulate economic activity in the reuse and recovery sectors. Up to $20,000 per grant.

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Daily Bowl food rescue

Food Waste Reduction Grants

Available to nonprofits and businesses, these grants fund innovative pilots and projects that prevent edible food from going to compost or landfill by recovering and redistributing it to feed people, or by preventing the production of surplus edible food through product or process redesign. The goal is to reduce the amount of surplus edible food generated and/or to donate surplus food. Up to $20,000 per grant.

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Surplus Food Donation Equipment Grants

The Surplus Food Donation Equipment Grant focus area, provides funding to support the recovery or donation of surplus edible food that would otherwise go to waste, thereby increasing capacity for businesses to donate food and/or organizations to receive more food, safely transport and distribute food for donation. Up to $10,000 per grant.

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Reusable transport grants

Reusable Transport Packaging Grants

Available to nonprofits and businesses, these grants fund reusable, durable alternatives to replace limited-life packaging used in manufacturing, transportation and/or distribution, such as boxes, pallets, pallet wraps, and dunnage. Funds help cover the upfront reusable equipment costs. Once reusables are in place, organizations often see long-term cost savings by eliminating (or significantly reducing) recurring costs for packaging materials. Up to $10,000 per grant.

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Free Indoor Food Scrap Bins

No Deadline - Apply Anytime! Make separating food scraps, food-soiled paper and plant debris easier with up to $500 for indoor green containers and lids. Available to qualifying Alameda County businesses, institutions, and multi-family residential properties (5+ units).

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Grantee Highlight

RAFT science kits in action
Resource Area for Teaching

RAFT upcycles donations of surplus materials headed to the landfill into STEAM Project Kits for hands-on, creative science learning and other low-cost teaching supplies, available to educators and guardians throughout the Bay Area. A Reuse Grant from StopWaste enabled RAFT to uplift under-resourced schools in Alameda County with their clever and inspiring STEAM Project Kits as well as other materials and service free of charge.